Re: USMNT: The March to Brazil - World Cup 2014
Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
The problem with Cincinnati and Cleveland (or Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, etc.) is that, historically, minor league sports have been tough-sells in major league towns. There's like this instinctive thing that enters the DNA of a city when they have a professional sports team (especially an NFL or an MLB team, in particular) that causes the local sports fans to immediately turn their nose up at teams that aren't playing for championships at the highest level.
That mindset is changing with the younger generations. Soccer also has the benefit of open cup tournaments, where teams from all levels play each other. So even if, say Cincinnati or Cleveland were to play in a different level than Columbus, they could still meet in the US Open Cup. If the second tier got stable and popular enough, you might even see some kind of limited promotion and relegation between the top two tiers. Might put a fire under Chivas and New England to improve their teams. But it's going to require second tier that is stable enough to show top tier owners that they won't lose out on the value of their team if they get relegated. I think it's going to require a decade or two of positive growth.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.